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Honoring Dianna through a Parade of Joy

Hi everyone,


I know we are all sad about the loss of Dianna.  Today's "Post of the Week" will be a Parade of Joy to honor Dianna's memory and influence in our lives through her amazing doll artistry.  


So today, please post ANY of your Dianna Effner dolls:  Little Darlings, porcelains,  Ashton Drake dolls, Maru and Friends, Boneka, etc.  Let's show them in a Parade of Joy, marching along, being happy and celebrating childhood, innocence, and Dianna's spirit in bringing us these beautiful dolls that remind us of good things and happy times.  If you would like, please add what collecting Dianna's dolls has brought to your life and why these dolls speak to you.


I will post my own photo later on today and I hope to see a big parade of joyous Effner dolls, showing us the spirit of childhood and honoring Dianna's contribution to our lives.

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Dear Friends,


It is with much sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved leader Dianna Effner.  We have just learned of this and we do not have any of the details.

We anticipate that you will have many questions about our ning site.  At this point, we do not have answers.

We ask that you pray for comfort for Ms. Effner’s family and friends. 

You might want to give your Little Darling a special hug today.


Elizabeth and Dorothy (Moderators)

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Drum roll,!

Olivia, Elizabeth's seven-year-old, enjoyed picking out the order of winners for the photo activity!


And the winner is:  EVERYONE!

There were four entrants in the Drawing.
All of the Little Darlings were so sweet and so well behaved that we wanted all of the Mamas to be winners. 
The first two names drawn were Anita and Karin.  They win the special Drawing dresses. 
The second two participants Dotti and Birte win lovely dresses that were donated for the Drawing.
Thank you to all of the adorable Little Darlings and siblings who made us smile.  They are Sarah Sweet Pea, Brady Bluebell, Charlotte, Noelle, Fiona, Coco, Mary Jo, Marie, and Lexie.
Thank you to the Mamas for participating.
We love seeing photos of the adventures of the Little Darlings.  We invite all of our members to start their own Discussions and post pictures.
[I'll add my own thanks to Dorothy for organizing and coming up with the idea and getting the prizes!  So much fun!  :O)]
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Hi All!  Dorothy has come up with a lovely drawing idea for our group to cheer us all up!  Here we go:



While the world is practicing Social Distancing, dolls do not have to.  We want to take this opportunity to showcase our sweet Little Darlings engaged in activities with other Dianna Effner created dolls (Bonekas, Marus, Ruby Red Fashion Friends) or having fun with their stuffed animals.


Two winners will be selected.  Each winning Little Darling will receive an outfit.

Here are the rules:


Between Monday, July 6 and Friday, July 17  

          1 Stage your Little Darling and her friend(s) having fun together


          2 Take a photo 


          3 Post the photo within the Discussion (do not start a new 



          4 Adjust the resolution of their photos to no larger than 1500 

                        pixels wide 


On Saturday, July 17, the names of members who have posted a photo will be put in a hat and Elizabeth's 7-year-old daughter will draw out a winner.  Two winners will be selected and prizes will be sent.



**Only one Little Darling photo may be submitted.

**You may only submit a photo of your own Little Darlings and not a

            photo you have seen online.

**Failure to adhere to the rules and guidelines above will disqualify your entry

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Apologies for any delays in answering...

Hi everyone,


My apologies if anyone specifically sends me a message or email and I don't answer right away.  I'm running by the seat of my pants to try to keep up at work with this pandemic issue.  I own a veterinary clinic and we have a lot of contact with the public, and one cannot just shut down a veterinary clinic and leave one's patients high and we are coping as best we can.  My practice is changing daily with what we are doing to try to keep from exposing ourselves or our many older clients.  It's wild and stressful, so if you message me please bear with me till I can get back to you, and everyone, please be well.  Stay home and play dollies and I will too, when I have time!




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Happy New Year!

Hi everyone!  Happy New Year to all.  What kinds of activities would we like to do in the New Year? In the past we have run some swaps for sewing supplies and fabrics, sew-alongs and knit-alongs, photo contests and of course, swaps!  I know Dorothy has some ideas for this year to come.  What ideas do you all have?  I have always wanted to have a toy swap to trade scale toys and games for the "kids."

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2019 Holiday Swap - Signup Open



Dear Friends, we have chosen the 2019 Swap theme. It is Star ShineLittle Darlings will twinkle like the stars in the sky when they receive their wonderful Swap gifts.

When you hear the word “star” what does it mean to you? A nursery rhyme, astronomy, Bethlehem, freedom?

Whatever your connotation of the word “star,” you can make or purchase star-related gifts for your Swap Mate’s Little Darling.


The two signup groups are open now.  There is one group that has a dollar limit on the swap ($35) and another with no dollar limit.  If you are interested in joining in the swapping fun, you have to do two things:

1.  Go to the group you wish to join (limited or unlimited) and click the little "Join" button in the lower right.

2.  Email that group's coordinator (Elizabeth or Dorothy) with the requested information. See instructions within the group guidelines.

You will be assigned a partner as soon as possible.

Here are the links to the groups:



If you have questions, or if we forgot something, please post below!

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An idea that Dianna had...

Ladies and gents:


Dianna had an idea with the other artists to perhaps hold a workshop collector event just for the Little Darlings at some point.  The general thought would be that they would teach and share creative projects to make clothes and accessories for our Little Darlings.  Dianna wanted to spark some discussion on this topic.  What do you all think?  Would you like to share any ideas?  Would you consider going if there was a collector event?   I would do my own very best to go.  It sounds very exciting to me, personally!


Some ideas that I have for workshops I'd like to see:  shoe-making, clothing design, modifying a commercial wig to give it personal touches, toy-making, scale furniture making, and hat decoration.


If there was such an event, maybe there could be a table or tables where we could sell or trade our own things we have made for the Little Darlings.  Or maybe even a doll sale/trade area, too.

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2019 Holiday Swap - Are You Interested?

Hello all, my thanks are extended to Dorothy for putting together ideas and materials for this year's Holiday Swap!  Here is the announcement:


Dear Friends,
We are almost ready to begin our holiday swap. Right now we want to determine how many people might be interested.
We will have two swap categories as before, one for $35 and the other for over $35.

This year’s theme is Star Shine.
When you hear the word “star” what does it mean to you? A nursery rhyme, astronomy, Bethlehem, freedom? Whatever your connotation of the word “star,” you can make or purchase star-related gifts for your Swap Mate’s Little Darling.

There are two parts to the Swap: the gift part and the story part.
Part 1 – Gifts
Following the guidelines of your selected category, you will choose gifts for one Little Darling and your Swap Mate.
Part 2 - Story
You can create a brief story to accompany your gifts. For example, you could write about the Little Darling going to Pasadena, California to the Hubble Space Station to look through the optical telescope at the stars.

If you think you might participate, please reply to this post with Count Me In.

We will share the Swap details and time line later. Swaps are always fun activities for our members. We hope you will join in on this one!

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Modern Doll Collectors Convention

Announcement from Dianna:


Hello Dear Collectors,

Please consider attending MDCC in San Antonio in 2019.  Last year in New Orleans all of us of the Doll Dreamers Guild and Friends had an amazing time, but then we always do when we’re together.  The artists who attended were myself, Nelly Valentino, Lana Dobbs, Pat Green, Joyce Matthews, Helen Skinner, associate artist, Gwen Peard and for the first time we met and welcomed our newest guild member all the way from Australia, LeeAnne Carpenter.  Please allow me to recount some of my most notable memories from the event.  I added 4 terrific Helen Kish dolls to my collection.  I acquired an 18 inch Meadow BJD which I will paint myself when I get a chance. I acquired 3 adorable Boneka dolls at the Boneka event.  I met a lovely young artist, Virginia Obeius, and admired her work which led me to buy one of her BJDs online after the event.  I had  an opportunity to witness some truly masterpiece heirloom style dresses made by Nelly Valentino.  Nelly introduced me to a new friend from the UK, Catherine French,  who makes the most exquisite little hand knit sweaters and I was able to purchase 3 of the them.  I struck a deal with Suzie Langellier to trade a doll for some of her beautiful sweaters.  

Our meal event was a lot of fun. Though I was a bit nervous about getting up in front of the crowd and telling the story of Suzette Dupré, the audience seemed pleasantly entertained and amused by my attempts to speak and sing in French.  I will be posting the story on one of my sites with pictures of Suzette, hopefully soon. 

The event was well attended.  It was great to see old friends like Claudia Braun of Boneka.  We were a little disappointed that there were not as many of our collectors and fans as there have been at other conventions.  Next year in San Antonio we are going to try some new ideas and be more engaged with the collectors who come to meet the artists.  Please let us know if you are planning to attend.  That will help us plan and coordinate activities and hospitality arrangements. 

We hope to see some of you in San Antonio next September.

Warm regards from all of us in the Doll Dreamers Guild. 

Your Devoted Doll Artist,

Dianna Effner


Photos show  Nelly's amazing work and some sweaters by Catherine French:

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World Doll Day 2019

The Little Darlings Celebrate World Doll Day – Saturday, June 8

In June 1986, doll maker Mildred Seeley created World Doll Day so that
doll lovers and doll collectors could share their passion with the world. On
this day, Ms. Seeley suggested that a doll be given to an adult or child in
the neighborhood or around the globe. She also suggested that doll
exhibits and discussions be held.

She noted that “I have always felt that the common doll could be an
instrument of world understanding...I had the hope that dolls would help
make friends all over the world and develop a little love among all.”
Well our Little Darlings certainly help us do that!
Since its inception, World Doll Day has been celebrated on the second
Saturday in the month of June. This year it falls on Saturday, June 8.

Here is a challenge: How will you and your Little Darling celebrate
World Doll Day? Post a photo of what you do to celebrate the day.

Here are some suggestions: Find a doll in a thrift shop, clean it up, and
give it to a child. Pass along a doll you no longer want to an adult collector.
Volunteer to give a talk on doll collecting at your local library.
Let’s send the love of dolls all around the world!

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Conventions for this year - 2019

Hi ladies, Dorothy asked me to find out which conventions Dianna will be attending this year.  Here's what she said:


"We are planning to attend the UFDC convention in Nashville and the MDCC in San Antonio. I am also considering attending the NIADA in Kansas city. "


Who is going?  Should be fun!

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Winter Holiday Swap 2018 - Signup Open!!


An announcement first:  Dorothy King has been added as a moderator to help out me and Laura with keeping up around here!  Thanks, Dorothy!  She has done a tremendous amount of work to get this swap ready and going and I thank her for it!

Ladies and gents. We have chosen a theme, which is Once Upon a New Years Past Little Darlings will time travel to the past and enjoy fun and games from long ago New Years days.

The two signup groups are open now.  There is one group that has a dollar limit on the swap ($35) and another with no dollar limit.  If you are interested in joining in the swapping fun, you have to do two things:

1.  Go to the group you wish to join (limited or unlimited) and click the little "Join" button in the lower right.

2.  Email that group's coordinator (Elizabeth or Dorothy) with the requested information. See instructions within the group guidelines.

You will be assigned a partner as soon as possible.

Here are the links to the groups:

LIMITED GROUP:  $35 Limit Group

UNLIMITED GROUP:  Unlimited Swap Group

If you have questions, or if I forgot something, please post below!

Full rules and signup information are in each of the links above, but here are the general deadlines for your information:

To submit your name to the coordinators: By Monday, November 5
When partners will be assigned: By Wednesday, November 7
When you should mail your swap in US: By Monday, November 26
When to mail if out of US: By Thursday, November 15
When to show your photos: Monday, Dec 25 or Tuesday, January 1


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Questions for the Artist

Dianna has offered to do a question and answer session.  If you have any questions for her, feel free to post them below and I'll send them on to her and post the answers!


Happy Monday everyone!

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Holiday Swap 2017 - Signups are OPEN

Ladies and gents. We have collectively chosen a theme, which is Snowy Day.  The two signup groups are open as of now.  There is one group that has a dollar limit on the swap ($35) and another with no dollar limit.  If you are interested in joining in the swapping fun, you have to do two things:

1.  Go to the group you wish to join (limited or unlimited) and click the little "Join" button in the lower right.

2.  Email that group's coordinator (see instructions within the group) with the requested information.

You will be assigned a partner as soon as possible.

Here are the links to the groups:



Questions, or if I forgot something, please post below!

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Holiday Swap for 2017 - ideas?

Hi ladies and gents:

One of our much-enjoyed activities here is a holiday swap.  It's time to get that organized ASAP.  Laura and I would love if you would all submit theme ideas.

Here are what we've done in the past:




Let's talk about it and get some ideas rolling!  We will have two sub-groups again this year, one unlimited and one limited.  I'll coordinate the unlimited one and Laura will coordinate the limited one.  :)

-Elizabeth and Laura

UPDATE:  polling underway for a theme choice:

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Garden Contest Results

Hi everyone!  Sorry about the delay in posting the results.  I had this post mostly done Wednesday and then got interrupted and it's been open, half-done on my computer till this morning when I got a minute.  Our apologies again for the delay.  Laura and I both had unexpected things come up but we finally got the photos judged.  Here are all the photographs and at the bottom is the winner's name.  Everyone did a great job and the photos and stories were a delight to go through.  I'm sure you will all enjoy them!  

Entry 1, Pauline:

Spring is coming and Little Darling Rene'e is planning her flower garden. She has purchased flower seeds and planted them in seedling boxes.  The little seedlings are ready to transplant. Little Darling consults her gardening books and gets ready to prepare the garden bed. Soon she will have lovely flowers.

Entry 2, Joy:

My girls Samantha and Bessie Bell went out early to get started on their garden planting. Unfortunately, the garden plot has very thick weeds from all of the rain we have received this year in northern California. So, Samantha picked a bouquet of weeds of course. After a lot of work, the girls decided to take a break. Bessie Bell thinks that she will just buy her carrots this year although, I'm not so sure about Samantha. If either girl turns around and sees what is lurking behind them, I'm sure they will both be scrambling back inside quickly.

Entry 3, Kelly Selzle:

Aislin loves to help out in the garden. Lilacs are her favorite, but today we were potting herbs and veggies. Barefoot and enjoying the sunshine after all of the rain we had this spring.

Entry 4, Michele:

Pay attention now…. first we have to dig lots of little holes, and then we can plant the seeds and water our garden. Then soon, we’ll have fresh veggies to eat for dinner!

Entry 5, Michele:

I think over there would be a great place for your very first garden.  I’ll teach you how to dig the holes and plant the seeds, and later on, we can water the seedlings….. What? What did you say? WHAT is your naughty little brother up to now???

Entry 6: Carla

This first one is my Bentley who loves everything pooh.  shes playing the roll of rabbit.  Mr. rabbit thinks is her plants those little carrots back in the ground they will grow into those giant carrots he loves so much. although he hopes to sell a few so he can purchase a large jar of hunny , that's so when his pal Winnie comes to visit there will be a bit of something fer pooh to snack on..   

Entry 7: Carla

Mariah  as belle going about her morning tasks, as you can see she has gone to the bakers for her baguette, then on to her friends to borrow a new book to read.after that she suppose to spend the morning hoeing the lettuce beds..  but I think she has more reading planned instead..hum..

Laura and I both arrived at the same winner based on our points scoring system, although I have to say it was a hard choice.  And the winner is:

MICHELE with entry number 5.  We enjoyed the story and how well the photos fit with it.  Nice work!  Michele, please email me your address and I'll get your prize mailed out!

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Reminder for Contest Entries

Janie would like to remind everyone that the photo contest for garden photos closes in just over a week.  If you are considering entering, please get your entries in.  Here are the rules:

Janie is modeling a dress and shoes that will be included in the prize in addition to this overall and t-shirt set (below shoes are not included):

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